Pennington Day celebrates community

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Families, neighbors and friends will be celebrating the community when Pennington Day arrives this weekend.

On May 18, the Pennington community and visitors are set to gather in downtown Pennington along South Main Street and East Curlis Avenue for fun and connections from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. enjoying music, food, and performances.

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The day will feature a main stage, north stage, quilt show, food court, kids zone, petting zoo, art, nonprofits and entertainment.

Before Pennington Day starts, there is a Pennington 5K race and walk.

The 5K is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The race begins and ends at the Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) administration gym at 425 South Main Street in Pennington.

South Main Street between Vannoy Avenue and Delaware Avenue is going to be closed to motorists from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Only foot traffic is allowed, according to the Pennington Police Department,

People in need of handicap parking will have spots available on East Curlis Ave accessible from Abey Drive. Side streets throughout the borough are available for parking.

A detour will be on Burd Street and parking will be limited to the northbound shoulder.

Pennington Day began in 1980. The celebrating of community came out of tragedy when a fire at the Pennington School destroyed O’Hanlon Hall that year 44 years ago.

The community established the first Pennington Day later in the year to help the Pennington School recover from the fire with the proceeds from that day.

According to the organizers, Pennington Day allows community groups, civic organizations and businesses to share with the community and connect. Proceeds from the day provide funding for grants to specific projects in Pennington and Hopewell Valley.

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